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Melodious Summer Medley, Thursday 13 June, 11am

A free concert of mixed choral music flavours by the U3AC Choir, directed by Brian Watkins

Celebrate summer with a smorgasbord of choral music, from 16th century French drinking songs to Spirituals, a Sea Shanty, a South African blessing, a joyful excerpt from Haydn’s Creation, and even a medley from Les Misérables! Come and listen to your U3AC friends and colleagues and bring your guests along too for this free concert, starting at 11am prompt.  Location: St James’s Church, Wulfstan Way, CB1 8QJ (on the No.2 Bus route). Refreshments will be available after the concert; donations towards costs would be appreciated.

Fulbourn Arts presents

Saturday 25th May 7:30pm

at The Six Bells, High Street, Fulbourn, CB21 5DH

Terence Blacker’s ‘The Shock of the Old’

In this hilarious and spirit-lifting new show, songwriter and author Terence Blacker celebrates one of the great challenges of life – the art of ageing with style.

More information and tickets £12 via

Dear Local Singers,
Cantus is a Chamber Choir in Cambridge. We have been performing for about 40 years and rehearse and perform at St Marks church, Barton Rd, Newnham, on Monday evenings. This term we have had a perfect storm of members being unavailable for various personal and health reasons, taking our normal numbers of 4, 5 or 6 per part down to the absolute minimum and leaving us exposed should anything go wrong before our next concert on 6th July.
We are looking for people who would like to sing with us this term, and potentially to join us for the future. We are particularly looking
for altos, tenors and sopranos, though a bass could also be welcome. Singers need to be capable of sight reading to some extent, and also
to rehearse unaccompanied, as that is the way that we run most of our rehearsals, and you would not enjoy yourself without those skills.
Rehearsals are on Monday evenings 8-9:30 in the large church hall at St Marks. If you are joining us, we would expect you to miss no more than 2 or 3 of those rehearsals and to work at home to get good familiarity with the music.  We are a sociable choir and often take the opportunity for a drink at the Red Bull after rehearsals.

The programme for the concert on 6th July is as follows:

  • M. Haydn: Missa Sancta Amandi
  • Mozart: Veni Sancte spiritus
  • Schubert: Salve Regina
  • Haydn: Insanae et Vanae curae
  • Mozart: Ave verum corpus
  • Haydn: Te Deum in C

The date for the performance is Saturday 6th July 2024 at 8pm, with an afternoon rehearsal beforehand 2-4. There will also be a half term break on 27th May.  More information about the choir can be found on our web page,

If you are interested in joining us, please contact Helen Wilson on
Thanks,  Roger Wood, Chairman, Cantus Singers of Cambridge

The Personality of Paris: Landscape and Society in the Long-Nineteenth Century

 For a few years, Alan Baker gave a U3A Cambridge course on Peasants and Parisians: geographical perspectives on nineteenth-century France. He has expanded his three talks on Paris into a full-length book which examines the material and symbolic transformation of Paris – the City of Light – between 1789 and 1914. Published by Bloomsbury in February 2022, a paperback edition was issued towards the end of 2023.

A professor at the Sorbonne University, Philippe Boulanger, reviewing the book, wrote: “Alan Baker offers us an unprecedented look at the ‘personality of Paris’ in the nineteenth century. Its historical geography takes on a new meaning thanks to a sensitive analysis of the Parisian space and Parisians. A remarkable work . . .’

Age-UK’s Petition – Stop online being the only option

Everyone should have fair and equal access to services. Sign the petition and demand that everyone has the right to a guaranteed, easy to use offline alternative.

Posted February 2024

‘The Science of Garden Biodiversity: The Living Garden’

A new book written by Julian Doberski and published on 8 February 2024.

Published by Pimpernel Press and available through all usual bookselling outlets.

Very positive review in RHS ‘The Garden’ magazine, February 2024.

Posted February 2024

Calling private investors

Maximising one’s assets in these volatile times is increasingly challenging, and the pitfalls are numerous.
Sharing expertise and perceptions can increase the odds of success, and an informal local Investment Group has been formed.
It is complementary to existing U3AC Investment Groups, but with important differences
1 – It doesn’t require monthly subscriptions and
2 – It is informal and advisory and does not collectively invest the subscriptions
The emphasis is on the sharing of information, sources and expertise – we hope to mutual benefit. We meet monthly, either our homes, or a pub in the Queen Edith’s area of town, to chat over developments in “the markets”, mainly but not solely stock market focussed.
If you are interested, you are invited to contact John Abbott; 01223 571376;

Posted January 2024

Julian Doberski: I have recently had published a book under the title: ‘The Science of Compost: Life, Death and Decay in the Garden’ Pimpernel Press £9.99.’

The book is intended for enthusiastic gardeners who want to know more about what goes on in their compost heap to turn green/brown organic waste into friable compost.

Click here to upload a flyer for the book

Ian Whybrow – a selection of poems written as part of a collection called Poetry with Legs.

Click HERE to view the poems.

More details can be found at


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